JONES. Mrs. William Pickering Jones of Wheat Lane, Darien, CT, died on March 25, 1996 at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, after a long illness. She was born Elizabeth Jarvis Beach on March 18, 1920, daughter of Hart Jarvis Beach, then of Hartford and Saybrook, and Grace Redway Beach Van Brunt. The Beach family has for generations been prominent in the life of Hartford. A great uncle, Joseph Beach, was mayor of Hartford, and her great-great aunt, Hetty Jarvis was the wife of Samuel Colt, the inventor and maker of the Colt revolver, and founder of Colt Arms, Hartford. Mrs. Jones is also descended from two early Colonial families, the Harts and the Jarvises, who settled Saybrook. Mrs. Jones is a graduate of St. Agnes School, Loudonville, NY, and Vassar College, class of 1941, where she majored in and took honors in Drama, and was on ``Daisy Chain''. She remained at Vassar for two years after graduation as an instructor in Drama, and later taught at the Brearley School in New York City. In 1945, she joined J. Walter Thompson, as Director of the Lux Radio Theatre. She married William Pickering Jones, a New York lawyer, in 1947. Mrs. Jones is survived by a son, William Pickering Jones Jr. of Darien, CT; three daughters, Frances Redway Jones of Greenwich, Elizabeth Hart Jones Mueller of Ridgefield, and Margaret Jarvis Jones of Darien; and four grandchildren, Julia and William P. Jones III, and Christina and Peter Mueller. A memorial service for Mrs. Jones and her husband, who died four days after her death, was held in May at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Darien. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Friends of Post 53, Inc., P.O. Box 2066, Darien 06820.
Dr. and Mrs. Hubert Patrick McLoughlin Higgins of Toronto have announced the engagement of their daughter Mary Elizabeth Higgins to William Pickering Jones Jr., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jones of Darien, Conn.